Junk/Junk Vehicle Ordinance #96-29

The purpose of this ordinance is to preserve the character and safety of the county neighborhoods by eliminating junk and junk vehicles.  Junk vehicles are defined as extensively damaged, or missing parts, are apparently inoperable, are without a valid title, and are more than three (3) years old.  Junk is defined as old appliances, equipment, junk vehicles, or the parts thereof, scrap metal, automotive tires, and any items which are not being used for their intended purpose.

This ordinance can only be enforced after the receipt of at least two (2) separate (individual) written complaints from a citizen or property owner of Asotin County. This ordinance is also under review with recommended changes.

Open Burning Ordinance #06-14

The purpose of this ordinance is to assist with maintaining air quality and for the prevention of wildfires.  Restricted open burning is allowed from April 1 through May 31, and again October 15 trough December 15, satisfactory weather conditions permitting.  To determine if open burning is allowed on a given day during these time periods, call 243-2002 for information.  Controlled burning is also only allowed if the following conditions are met:

○       The person conducting the open burn is in legal control of the land on which the burn is being done.

○       The open burn is at all times fifty (50) feet away from any building, structure or combustible material.

○       A competent person is in attendance of the burn at all times, and that the person has on hand a garden hose, other water supply or other adequate fire extinguishing equipment.

○       The size of the open burn can be no larger than four (4) feet by (4) four feet by three (3) feet.

○       The open burn shall only be conducted between 10:00am and 5:00pm.  The fire must be completely extinguished by 5:00pm

The following items are prohibited from being burned any time:

Lawn clippings, leaves, green vegetation, garbage, rubber, railroad ties or any treated wood, building materials, demolition debris, oil, grease, or asphalt, plus Burn Barrels are prohibited at all times under State Law.

Noise Ordinance #04-44

The purpose of this ordinance is to control the level of noise in a manner which promotes public health, safety and welfare, as well as protects the value and enjoyment of property.

The maximum permissible sound levels allowed in the county are as follows:

District of                     District of Receiving Property

Sound Source               Residential        Commercial      Industrial         

Residential                    55 db(A)          57 db(A)          60 db(A)

Commercial                  57 db(A)          60 db(A)          65 db(A)

Industrial                      60 db(A)          65 db(A)          70 db(A)

Between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am Saturday through Sunday, the above decimal levels are lowered by ten (10) db(A).

*db(A) means decibel level

The following sounds are exempt from the ordinance at all times:

○       Sounds created by emergency vehicles.

○       Sounds caused by fire alarms.

○       Sounds created by the normal operation of motor vehicles on public roads.

Animal Ordinance #04-29

The purpose of this ordinance is to protect public health, safety and welfare by providing for the control of animals with the county, especially dogs.

All dogs over six (6) months of age that are kept in the county are required to be licensed. For more information on this see the Dog License section of the Sheriff’s Office website.

The owner, or responsible person, shall not allow their dogs to commit the following nuisances:

○       Habitual howling, yelping or barking which disturbs any person or neighborhood to an unreasonable degree.

○       Chase or jump at vehicles using public roads.

○       Snap, growl, snarl, jump at or upon, or otherwise threaten persons lawfully using public sidewalks or other public right of ways.

○       Run at large, whether licensed or not.

○       Cause unprovoked injury or harm to any person while such person is in or on a public place or private property.

For more information regarding Code Enforcement please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 243-4717.